For the first time in DCCC’s history, women have earned 60% of the coveted Red-to-Blue spots that bring extra benefits for Democratic House contenders – financial, communications, and strategic. But the biggest advantage is the stamp of viability that attracts money. Aimee Belgard, lawyer and BurlCo Freeholder since last year, was endorsed in the first round. Belgard:
“I am honored by the outpouring of support we’ve had here in the 3rd Congressional District. People from Burlington and Ocean Counties have joined our grassroots campaign to end the partisan gridlock in Washington, and stand up for our veterans, seniors and middle-class families,” said Aimee Belgard. “The strength of our campaign has earned us a spot in the Red to Blue program, and that means we’ll have the support and momentum it takes to win in November, and bring common sense solutions to Washington.”
The stakes are very high for serious House races, coming off of an era of the worst Congress ever and House Republicans refusal to govern or even act like grown-ups, change is required, whether it’s uphill climbing (Dems need to net 17 seats) or not.
Belgard’s campaign – endorsed by EMILY’s List last month – was already showing signs of strength last year when Rep. Jon Runyan announced he wouldn’t seek re-election. Runyan, though the kind of big hunky handsome that can help you get elected, was never intellectually prepared to serve the same House as Rep. Rush Holt (though he fit in fine with Boehner). The fact that CD3 is now an open seat turns up the flame on the district and on Belgard.
DCCC’s list also recognizes three districts where Dems are in primary fights – CA31, IA01 & ME02.
You have to figure the D-trip is watching NJ’s 12th for the next round of Red-to-Blue. (correction: Rosi writing with a head cold is dangerous. CD12’s not red so Red-to-Blue doesn’t apply). It’s now open too, with Rush Holt’s retirement at the end of his term. That’s 3 open seats in Jersey. In CD1, as things in South Jersey go, an anointing of Don Norcross is expected, which takes the representation of that CD out of the hands of the voters. In CD12, two women – Bonnie Watson Coleman and Linda Greenstein – are angling for frontrunner status, along with Upendra Chivukula.
Also on DCCC’s list today, in the Emerging Races category, is Bill Hughes, challenging Frank LoBiondo in CD2.